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Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

Patients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer have many questions. Will I die? What’s my prognosis? Will the chemo make me sick? What about pain? Will I be able to work? What if I can’t work? Can I get into a clinical trial?

Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage Iv

Once a patient gets into treatment and the initial shock wears off, it’s common to wonder about and ask, “How do I find meaning and purpose in my life when I don’t know what the outcome is going to be?”

Other questions include, “How do I plan when I don’t even know if I can...

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When Bad Health Causes Role Reversals Between Parents and Children

by GregP_WN

There will be a time in your life when your role as your parent's child will change to being your parent's caregiver. 

Caregiver Love

From the time you are born until you take off on your own in life, your parents are there for you. When you're a baby they take care of your every need, feeding, bathing, changing, and any other need you may have. That's the way it is. Even when you're an adult, they are still looking out for you, checking up on you and making sure you are OK. 

There comes a time...

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Should You Have a Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace?

by Jane Ashley

Have you ever considered whether you, as a cancer patient, should have a medical alert bracelet or necklace? The answer is not always clear – for some people, it’s a good decision while for others, your diagnosis is probably not a compelling reason to have medical alert jewelry.

Medical Alert Symbol

What is medical alert jewelry and how does it work?

Medical alert jewelry is just what it says – it alerts EMTs and emergency room personnel that you have a medical condition that could impact your treatment, when...

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Cancer and the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jane Ashley

When we’re diagnosed with cancer, one of our first questions may be, “Will I still be able to work?” Why is that one of the most commonly asked questions?

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We may be the primary breadwinner of the family. Our health insurance is probably through our employer. Your health insurance may cover the rest of your family – what about if something happens to them too? And even with a two-income family, it’s difficult to cover medical copays with when most of the family budget is already tight.

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Why Cancer Patients Become Anemic

by Jane Ashley

What causes anemia in cancer patients? How can we fix it? Nothing is more frustrating than being told that we can’t have chemo or learn that our surgery has been postponed we are anemia.

Anemia

What is anemia? 

Anemia is a common blood disorder. It occurs when we don’t have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are produced in our bone marrow, and they transport hemoglobin. The hemoglobin picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it throughout our body.

If our iron levels fall or if...

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65 One Liner Tips for Newly Diagnosed

by GregP_WN

When you are first diagnosed with cancer and you tell a few people about it the advice will start rolling in. Some of it will be good advice, but a lot of it you will need to ignore. The best place to get information about cancer issues is from someone who has been through it. WhatNext is the internet's leading source of first-hand cancer experiences, and one of the best places to get information from someone who has been there, and "gets it". 

65 Tips For The Newly Diagnosed

We asked the WhatNext Community for their...

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September Cancer Awareness

by Jane Ashley

September is a busy recognition month for cancer patients and their caregivers. It’s a good idea for every cancer patient to learn a little bit about other cancer patient’s battles. What we realize is that although each of our cancers may be different, we are all united by the cancer journey that we take – the daily battles, the disappointments, the good news and our fears. Here’s what is happening in September.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month 

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org)...

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Glioblastoma-What It Is And How It's Treated

by Jane Ashley

The nation is saddened to learn about the death of John McCain. WhatNexters are particularly saddened because he died from glioblastoma (often referred to as GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer.

John Mc Cain

We can be certain that John McCain would want his experience with the glioblastoma to be a catalyst for more research leading to more effective treatments.

What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is a form of tumor that forms from astrocytes, the “star-shaped” cells that make up the connective...

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Do You Hate Losing Your Hair To Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

Hair loss – it’s the side effect most commonly associated with cancer.

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Why? It is the single most visible sign that the person has cancer. This side effect has a far greater emotional impact on women than men. If we see a man with a bald head, we don’t automatically assume that they have cancer – we may just think that they are “making a statement” or “being hot.” Hollywood stars rock when they shave their heads. Many women even gravitate toward a man who shaves his head.

So why is being...

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Suicides In Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Most of us who have had or who have cancer want to continue living and accept the side effects, surgical pain and financial consequences of cancer treatment. We want to live, and we’re usually willing to take dramatic steps to survive.

Cancer Types Suicide

We probably haven’t ever contemplated the fact that the suicide rate is significantly higher for cancer patients than the general population. The National Cancer Institute studied cancer patients older than 20 whose cause of death was “suicide of...

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